Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday. I don't hate it but I'm not one who plans my costume months in advance either. For the past couple of years, we haven't even dressed up. I must say, though, that having a little one has definitely added some excitement to the upcoming evening.

Yesterday, the Count scanned my groceries and checked me out at the grocery store. This morning Addy and I have the fireplace going and were laughing at Matt and Anne as Will and Kate on the Today show. We will be cleaning a little today and then later making some goodies for a little get together this evening.

We were up a lot last night, (that tooth is taking it's sweet time to come in), but I think it's going to be a good day.

Sarah Palin and John McCain, Halloween 2008

Happy Halloween everyone!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday in the 505

Saturday is such a fun day.

In the Danner household, each weekend is different, but you can usually expect our Saturdays to include:

A little early morning snuggling
A yummy breakfast, usually from one of our favorite local breakfast joints
A little DIYing
Football (of course)
Uninterrupted playtime with this cutie pie

Sweet, sweet smiles

 Plenty of kisses

 A little Daddy/Daughter time

 And on this particular Saturday; swinging.

 We took Addy to the park today to try the swings for the first time and, as you can see, she loved it.

 There was a lot of laughing, from all three of us. 
Maybe this will become another typical Saturday activity.

Happy Saturday everyone! 
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

P.S. Addy's outfit was a gift from a family member. It came in the mail when she only a month old and it looked HUGE. We didn't think she would ever fit into it. 
Our little girl sure has grown!

October Swap Partners... Check Out These Lovely Ladies!

I have had the privilege of working with these lovely bloggers for the past month. They are so great that I thought I would give them a little shout out. Be sure to check them out and leave some love on their blog!

Behind the Scenes

Meet Liz from Behind the Scenes
"My blog is a complete reflection of me, or at least that is my goal. My husband likes to say it's my way of fulfilling my need to gab constantly. I, of course, don't see what he could possibly mean by that :) I blog about my faith, my family, friends, fashion, food, & my attempt at crafting! I love to try new things which always end up providing my readers with a good laugh. I also love to spoil my loyal readers with some giveaways here & there. I'm so excited to "meet" all of you Life in the 505 readers!"

Meet Joan from Expecting the Unknown...
"Hi! I'm Joan! I'm blog over at Expecting the Unknown... I started my blog as a way for family to keep updated on my pregnancy, but it has turned into so much more than that! I have met some amazing people through blogging, and I'de love to meet you! So come on over and say hello! I blog about my family, fun things we do, I also post tutorials and how-to's pretty often as well. I also have an Etsy shop that you should definitely check out!"

Check out her shop here.

dreaming big

Meet Heather Boersma from Dreaming Big
"Hey everyone!  I'm Heather and I blog about my life (marriage, mothering, speaking and writing ministry) from a faith perspective.  My blog has a strong focus on scripture and sharing the truth of God's word in a way that is relevant and applicable to everyday life.  I try to live my big dream each day and encourage others to do the same!"

"Hi! My name is Heather and I blog over at Finding Beauty in the Ordinary. I'm a 26 year old, happily married, adventure seeking blog lover :) My little blog is a place to share what's on my heart, what God is teaching me, and what my husband and I are up to as we have recently relocated to a new city. On my blog, you'll see transparent accounts of my day-to-day life with my hubby and our new puppy, Hartley, and some of the fun we're having along the way. I love capturing a moment by camera and simply finding beauty in the ordinary moment of life." 

You can also find Heather here and here.

Meet: Dani from Me and My "new" Life
"I'm a 27 year old single momma by surprise...I say surprise because I had been happily married since 2005...My husband and I were best friends..We suffered a miscarriage in 2009, 6 months later we became pregnant again, we owned a teeny tiny condo and with the market continuing to crash and my growing belly we decided it would be in our best interest to let our home go into foreclosure. We packed up and rented a HUGE home and made it snuggly for our soon to be little girl. You see...the husband and I went though a TON of crazy life changing things. In August I delivered the sweetest little girl. Life was PERFECT. Shortly after, my husband changed he grew distant...then suddenly I moved out with my baby. Now a year later my husband and I are trying to work on things...but I'm a single momma. It's all me. It's a hard life and no where close to what I had imagined. I blog to get my feelings out, to document express myself..."

There you have it! Don't forget to stop by there blogs.

If you're interested in swapping buttons for the month of November, contact me.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The View From My Kitchen Sink

The best view in our house is seen from the kitchen sink, not because you can see the Sandia's or a beautifully landscaped yard. It actually doesn't even have a window over it. It's the best view because this is what you see:

There's nothing better than looking up from watching dishes and seeing this little cutie pie smiling up at you.

Please ignore the poor quality of the photos. This is what you get when you are trying to capture the moment in a poorly lit room and while you're doing dishes :)

Also please ignore the cords in the background. We've gotten a better solution for our TV set up since this picture was taken.

A task as mundane as doing the dishes, becomes so much more fun when this is what you see.

Where's the best view in your house?


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Now I Know

Well, after months of drooling and a lot of "maybe she's teething" from her parents, Addy is finally getting her first tooth and let me tell you how fun it IS NOT!

I've heard that teething can be rough, but maybe I always thought other Moms were just being dramatic. Now I know. It's awful. 

Guess what happens when you take a baby to the grocery store in blue pants... everyone tells you how cute he is.

The pain of pushing a new tooth through those tiny gums is enough. Do we really need to add a stuffy/runny nose to it? Poor thing. She had a pretty rough night last night. The last time she cried like that was after her 6 month shots. 

On the move

The only upside to teething is the extra snuggle time, which we've had a lot of. I've been fighting off a little cold too, so yesterday, by Dr. Dad's orders, we took advantage of the cloudy weather, stayed in our PJ's extra long and took lots of naps.

Goodness Child, what is all over you pants?

Today will probably be pretty low-key too. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping Addy takes good naps, but I'm also prepared to snuggle if it comes to that. With crawling and teething, it's been a pretty big week for our little one.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Bosque del Apache

On Sunday we celebrated my Dad's Birthday with lunch in Socorro and a drive through the Bosque del Apache. 

The Bosque del Apache is a wildlife refugee about an hour and a half south of Albuquerque. According to the website, during the Fall and Winter seasons, there  are thousands of birds including Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Geese and a variety of ducks. We went a little early in the season, but we were still able to see a lot of wildlife surrounded by beautiful fall colors.

Sandhill Cranes in a field of Alfapha


Addy and the Birthday Boy!

It's funny how you can live somewhere you're whole life and never even know that something like this exists. It's definitely a New Mexican treasure.

Linking up with the Paper Mama and Wordlessish Wednesday.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

This Weekend

This weekend we....

Broke in our new living room furniture,
Slept in,
Walked to Breakfast,
Snuggled with our baby girl,
 Enjoyed time with friends, 
Lowered Addy's crib mattress
And celebrated my Dad's birthday in the Bosque del Apache.

This weekend Addy started crawling!

The look of determination!

What did you do this weekend?

Miscellany Monday @
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Friday, October 21, 2011

It's Friday Ya Ya Ya!

In high school, I had my alarm set so that the radio would go off when it was time for me to wake up. On Friday mornings the local radio station would play a song that went like this:

"It's Friday, ya ya ya. So wake up, ya ya ya......"

I always think of it on Fridays. 

I might say this every week, but I love Fridays. They are so carefree.

Addy and I have done a lot of laughing today, like throw your head back (for Addy) and laugh so much your cheeks hurt (for me) kind of laughing. I'm smiling right now just thinking about it.

We went to Bounce and Boogie this morning with her buddy Sophia. While all the kiddos were on this big sheet, with the parents pulling it round in a circle, singing the wheels on the bus, Addy and Sophia were kind of thrown together and almost as if they finally figured out the other was there, they smiled, laughed and threw their hands up at each other. Her Mom and I couldn't stop laughing. It was the sweetest thing. I'm smiling thinking about that now too.
We have a lot to smile about today.

This morning, I read Mandy's blog. Her sweet little boy is very sick and fighting for his life. I'm praying that they have a better day today and that they have a reason to smile very soon.

Happy Friday all! I hope you smile a lot this weekend :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Socks: One of my Favortie Accessories!

I'm linking up again with the Inspiration Workshop from Gussy Sews.

Who doesn't love a fun pair of socks?

Socks are one of my favorite things about the colder weather seasons. It's such a fun surprise to take off your boots and find a colorful sock underneath!

I mentioned a couple of days ago, my excitement over some cute ankle socks at Target going on clearance. I went back today and they had an even bigger selection. I might have bought a pair with cute little owls on them.

So many fun colors!

My best friend and I used to bring back socks for each other as a suvenior whenever we went somewhere cool. It was a fun tradition and we had so many fun socks from lots of fun places!

So comfy! All you need is a big cup of coffee and a good book!

One year for Christmas, all the women in our family got a pair of pink socks with the little rubber things on the bottom of them. My parents have a really fun picture somewhere of us all sitting on the couch with one foot in the air, showing off our new socks. My brother, who must have been like 3 or 4, was sitting in the middle of us girls. He got a pair of blue socks.

I've been dying to try this look, exposed socks with my boots. I'm just not sure if I could pull it off and my legs are really, really white. But isn't this super cute?

What's your favorite accessory?

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

If You Don't Have An iPhone.....

.......You can't take pictures of the silly things you see and the funny places you go.

Really the only reason I want an iPhone is so that I can take pictures of anything, anywhere and anytime ( and so I can play Words with Friends). 

If I had an iPhone, I would have taken a picture of the fireplace tables we saw while furniture shopping last night. Picture a buffet with an electric fireplace in the bottom. The weird thing was that it didn't put off any heat and was really only for ambiance. The salesman said they were so popular he couldn't keep them on the floor. Weird!

But the real story in our furniture shopping adventure was in Matt's awesome negotiating skills. We went in looking for a table to go under our TV and walked out with a couch and a table for less 1000 bucks! Way to go Matt! (and Addy, I think she smiled at the salesman).

After our furniture shopping, we picked up some din din at Mac's Steak in the rough.

I stole this picture from Google.

Mac's is a drive in restaurant, much like Sonic. When you push the button to order, you hear: "Hi I'm Mac and this is Mac's Steak in the Rough." He goes on to say something about how he always has one of his homemade limeades or lemonades with his meal. Matt and I both chose the limeade and it was pretty tasty!

So there you have it, a recap of our funny little outing last night, without the use of modern technology :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fear of Man

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe." 
Proverbs 29:25

When I was little, I had a huge fear of Darth Vader. I used to sleep with the covers pulled over my head and would lay very still. I wouldn't dare look out from the covers because I knew if I did, Darth Vader would be there breathing very, very heavily.

I'm proud to say that I have since conquered my fear of Darth Vader but have only replaced him with other fears. When we first moved into our house, I had a hard time leaving Addy alone in her room. Our room was so far away and I was sure, someone would sneak in and take her without us knowing.

I had a Fear of Man.

I've had Proverbs 29:25 written on a homemade dry erase board next to my sink for the past couple of weeks and it has been such an encouragement to me. I've memorized it and at times, said it to myself over and over again. I don't find myself looking over my shoulder when I go in to check on Addy late at night and I've been able to apply it to other areas of my life too.

Often times, I care way to much about what other people think, about me, my house, my clothes. I'd even go as far as to say, it's been an idol in my life. I'll make us late for church, because I must look perfect and I'll start arguments with my husband over how our house looks right before we have company.

When you think about it, it all comes down to a
Fear of Man.

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare."

Snare: trap, pitfall, noose

It's a trap. Worrying to much about what people think, just leads to a trap.

"But whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe."

So, who cares what people think of me. My hope is not in the people of this earth, but it is in the one above.

All images from Pinterest